When it comes to earning a college degree, the greatest obstacle can be funding.
For this reason, The University of Akron is pleased for the opportunity each year to assist talented, deserving students achieve their dreams, thanks to more than 1,300 named scholarships established through the kindness and generosity of thousands of UA alumni and friends, corporations, and foundations.
Scholarships truly are the best way to ensure that today’s students persist to graduation. Scholarships allow students to enroll full time and remain focused on their studies; they also reduce drop-out rates, decrease the stress of student loans, and shorten the road to graduation.
The need for scholarships grows each year, however, as students continue to face an increased financial burden in pursuit of a college degree. In fact, 94 percent of today’s baccalaureate students borrow to pay for college – versus just 45 percent in 1993. And across the country, the average college-related debt for borrowers in the class of 2013 was $35,200.
If you are interested in making a significant contribution to student success, please consider establishing a scholarship at The University of Akron. Scholarships can be created to honor a living person, in memory of a loved one, or to contribute to the growth of an area of study.
To learn more, please contact the Department of Development at 330-972-7238.
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Wilson III, Louis Russell Memorial Scholarship
This non-endowed Louis Russell Wilson III Memorial Scholarship was established in August of 2012 by the colleagues of Russ Wilson to honor him upon his passing. Russ worked at Wayne College for more than 20 years. He served most of that time as the coordinator of academic advising. He deeply enjoyed assisting students in planning their academic schedules and encouraging them in their future goals. His colleagues at Wayne will greatly miss him and believe this scholarship is a fitting tribute, as this award will help many students achieve their future academic goals.
Russ was always quick with his smile and wit. He will be remembered for his hard work, laughter, jokes, and his kind spirit.
This memorial scholarship will provide an annual award to one recipient. Eligible students must be enrolled full time at Wayne College and demonstrate a financial need.